Washington, DC (November 2021)
Left to right: Michael Erickson, Kelly Lozano, and Stephen Vlach, AIA at KCCT's exhibit.
This year, more than ever, we are thrilled to be attending in-person conferences. Our team traveled to Denver, Co, to attend the 2021 Design-Build Conference & Expo, the largest national gathering of the year for the design-build industry. This year’s conference was a unique combination of design-build education and dynamic speakers along with creative entertainment options throughout the week. Despite the previous year, the conference was well-attended, which made it easier to cultivate new connections and catch up with old ones.
Our biggest goal was to reconnect with clients and consultants that we have not seen face-to-face in the past two years. In addition to meeting contractors, we met with other architects and engineering firms who were interested in a collaboration. “I learned it wasn’t just about teaming with contractors but pooling our skills with these other architects and engineers on A/E projects who we would otherwise view as our competitors,” mentioned first-time conference attendee Maggie Simpson. As east coast natives, it was great to travel to the west coast. “I was able to meet and learn about companies that are based there that I have never heard of, some being the largest in the nation," said Director of Marketing, Kelly Lozano.
Exciting takeaways from the conference
- In-person connections are truly vital in this industry
- Multi-family housing projects are seeing a rise in using the design-build delivery method
- DBIA will be in Washington DC in 2023, which will be a great opportunity to make local connections and host our first event.
- The design-build delivery method is anticipated to represent up to 47% by 2025
We also managed to have a little fun!
Dinner with TMG & Schnabel
Dinner with Whiting Turner & Coffman
Hockey game with Coffman
Washington DC based KCCT is a multi-disciplinary design firm focused on planning, architecture, and interior design in urban environments. The firm’s unique practice features a regional portfolio of prominent new development, renovations and infrastructure in Washington’s Federal Core, and an international component including fourteen new US Diplomatic facilities and worldwide projects in more than 160 cities.